Representatives from 21 Candidate Countries met in Oslo from 7-9 October for the first EITI National Coordinator Meeting. The meeting was organised in response to strong demand from implementers for information exchange and peer learning regarding EITI implementation. In particular, there is a pressing need to accelerate activities with respect to the EITI’s Validation requirements.
Another key theme of the meeting was to strengthen EITI Communications so that the information generated by the EITI process is accessible and comprehensible to a wide audience. The meeting also addressed implementing country constituency issues ahead of the forthcoming EITI Conference in Doha. The meeting was hosted by the EITI Secretariat, with financial support from the Government of Norway. The Secretariat plans to convene a second meeting of national coordinators in 2009.